COLORADO SPRINGS – Law enforcement agencies across Southern Colorado are getting ready to get dangerous drugs off of our streets.
Saturday, Oct. 27 is National Drug Take Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration created the event as a way to get unused and expired medications out of the house, and out of the hands of anyone who may misuse or abuse them. Studies have shown that many abused prescription drugs are oftentimes obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
It is important to properly dispose of those unwanted medications the right way. You should never throw prescriptions in the trash or flush it down the toilet.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday you can properly dispose of your medications at the following locations.
- Colorado Springs Police Department Police Operations Center, 705 S. Nevada Ave.
- El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 3255 Akers Dr.
- UCHealth Memorial Hospital North, 4050 Briargate Pkwy.
- Security Fire Department, Station 1, 400 Security Blvd.
- Monument Police Department, 645 Beacon Lite Rd.
- Fountain Police Department, 222 N. Santa Fe. Ave.
- Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office West Sub-Station, 320 Joe Martinez Blvd.
- Pueblo Police Department, 200 S. Main St.
- Pueblo Rural Fire Station, 29912 Hwy. 50
- Rye Fire Station, 4495 Bent Brothers Ave.
- Pueblo south side King Soopers, 3050 W. Northern Ave.
- Teller County Sheriff’s Office, 11400 US 24
- Florence Police Department, 600 W. 3rd St.
- Cañon City Police Department, 161 Justice Center Rd. #1
A full list of locations can be found on the Take Back Day website.
Some items cannot be dropped off, including needles and sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/ radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs.